Help — Dozens of horses spared slaughter in Stark County, N.D. rescue

STARK COUNTY, N.D. (KFGO) — A court order issued by a Stark County District Court judge this week has saved approximately 70 horses from slaughter. At least thirty of the horses are ready to give birth. Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office seized the horses and some cattle described as “neglected and abused” from a ranch near Gladstone, North Dakota.

Mare and foal from 70 horses confiscated in S.D. horse cruelty case saved from slaughter by local rescue. Click image to help.
Mare and foal from 70 horses confiscated in S.D. horse cruelty case saved from slaughter by local rescue. Click image to help.

Authorities began an investigation into the large-scale animal neglect case last month. Dr. Kim Brummond of the West Dakota Veterinary Clinic in Dickinson says the animals were to be sold to a feed lot and then sent to slaughter in Canada.

However, after negotiations, Stark County decided the horses would be turned over to an animal rescue group. Brummond was at the ranch during the initial investigation and was shocked. She could smell dead animals, others in need of food and water. She calls it is was one of the most emotional animal abuse cases she’s seen.

Alison Smith, Founder of Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue in Mandan says the deal was finalized Tuesday night. She doesn’t know yet how her group will pay for hay and medical expenses and hopes the public can help. The aim is to find foster homes and eventually adopt the horses out.

The case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Those willing to help can do so at the Triple H website or contact Smith at 701-220-4449.

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3 thoughts on “Help — Dozens of horses spared slaughter in Stark County, N.D. rescue”

  1. I sincerely hope these horses will receive great care and have positive future. This quote gives me concern:
    “Alison Smith, Founder of Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue in Mandan says the deal was finalized Tuesday night. She doesn’t know yet how her group will pay for hay and medical expenses and hopes the public can help.”
    Triple H likely has good intentions but I find it very questionable to intake seventy horses and not have available funds to feed or rehabilitate them. The public will probably send some donations but “hoping’ that the public can help doesn’t secure the significant funds required to rehabilitate this many severely neglected horses. In my eyes this is not responsible rescue. What will become of these animals if the funds don’t come in?

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    1. We understand your caution, and yes there have been horror stories. But then there always are no matter what you are trying to do.

      It may not turn out to be 70 horses altogether. Perhaps they are counting the unborn foals. The article also referred to the number of horses as “dozens”.

      This is a rescue with a solid reputation from those we have spoken to. They know what they are doing.

      Now is the time to rally around. It will take the whole community, not just local citizens, but all of us horse lovers, to make this happen.

      We are advocates. We are not a rescue. But we were able to save a large group of Thoroughbreds abandoned in the California desert when we didn’t have all the money, or the facilities or manpower to do it, when we decided to try to save them.

      It was a big risk, a big risk, but we took it because we knew we could rely on people to help.

      We made it with $5 and $10 donations and some large ones. Plus veterinarians donated their time, haulers donated their time and gas, local feedstores gave supplies, that sort of thing, to get them out and get them safe and cared for.

      Please, if you are reading this, help if you can. For the price of a fancy cup of coffee you can help these people help these horses. It all counts.

      Thank you.

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